A special thanks going out to my friend, Lisa, who sent the following article about Casey James.
Lisa also allowed me to use some of her pictures. Thanks so much, Lisa!
By Lisa Perkins
If you do not know who Casey James is, you should! I can say that I have had the pleasure of seeing him now six times live and have been fortunate enough to have a meet and greet each time! Some have been rushed, but then I have had some good quality time where we did not have to rush so much. He seems to enjoy taking time with the fans, when time permits.
He was on Season 9 of American Idol, and I have watched the show for years. I knew from Casey’s audition there was just something that I liked, something special there, and not just his looks. He is a beautiful person, inside and out.
He is humble and grateful to be playing music for a living. It is not necessarily about the money with Casey, it’s about the music.
I have heard some say that they do not like country music and the he chose to go country, well yes, he did in fact go with a country label, but I have to say that Casey is a very well rounded artist, he can play and sing a mixture of country, rock, and blues. He can absolutely tear a guitar up. I saw him in Lexington, Ky., he was playing and broke a string, but that did not stop him, he continued right on thru the song and never missed a beat.
My latest Casey adventure found me in Nashville,TN on Jan. 27th, where Casey made his Opry debut at The Ryman auditorium. It was a huge night for Casey. His Mother was in attendance, as well as 50 plus fans from all over the USA, there was even a couple there that came from England.
Prior to seeing Casey make his Opry debut, a bunch of his fans, myself included, made plans to meet for dinner at Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville. It started off with arriving for dinner, mingling, talking, hugging, laughing, and just getting to know each other in person, as many of us had been talking since 2009 online via Twitter or Facebook. It was great to finally meet so many other fans in person.
To top things off, we ended up with a very unexpected surprise! Casey and his mother, along with Casey’s Tour Manager, arrived at our dinner. He graciously took time to talk with us, do a meet and greet, sign a stack of posters they had printed for his Opry debut, and take photographs with us. This was a night to be remembered by everyone able to be there, for a long, long time, just an amazing evening. Casey said to me “This is a huge night for me.” I told him that I was so proud of him and how far he had come, and how proud that I was to be there and be part of such a huge night. I tried not to linger so that there was plenty of time for everyone to get their turn, as he was limited with time before heading back over to the Ryman for final preparations for the evening.
So, if you have not yet heard or seen Casey outside of AI, please check him out, he is so much more and such a great artist, compared to what you could see and judge from in 3-4 minutes on the weekly TV show. You won’t be disappointed, I promise. You can see him on YouTube, and any information you need can be found on The Casey James Blog or Caseymania websites. They work diligently each and every day to bring us all the latest news and event information for Casey. And on a closing statement, be sure to get your copy of his self titled debut album, Casey James. It will be in stores on March 20th, and is currently available for pre-order on Amazon.com, Walmart.com, or Cduniverse.com.
Thanks again, Lisa. And to all of my other readers – when you go to see someone you love in concert, we’d really enjoy having your videos and report about your concert to share with everyone here at Country’s Chatter.